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Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative

A partnership with The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative supports community-led projects that grow food justice.

About the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative

Philadelphia has tremendous food assets and opportunities for individual and collective action. We know that food justice is health justice.

The Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative (PFJI) empowers communities to exercise their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food. PFJI is a partnership of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) and Reinvestment Fund.

Historically, the food system has displaced, enslaved, and undervalued the labor, land rights, and self-determination of Black and Brown individuals, women, immigrants, and indigenous people. In Philadelphia today, low income communities and communities of color still have fewer fresh food choices.

PFJI supports community-driven solutions in areas where access to healthier food is needed the most. PFJI is informed by health justice, the collective movement to heal society and remove barriers that prevent individual and community well-being.

Philadelphia has tremendous food assets and opportunities for individual and collective action. PFJI strengthens these assets by providing funding for innovative, community-led projects that work to further food justice. PFJI prioritizes projects led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants and people living with disabilities, and those with lived experience with health injustice. PFJI supports projects that offer fair compensation to staff and partners.

The 2023 application round is closed. Check back for future grant opportunities and announcements.


Our Impact

Since its launch in 2019, the initiative has awarded $1.48 million in grants to advance community-driven solutions to historic food injustice. PFJI grantees include 18 organizations. Ten organizations are Black, Immigrant, and People of Color owned or led. Six organizations are owned or led by Women. Grant awards have ranged from $4,000 to $100,000.

To learn more about PFJI prior grant recipients, view the following reports:


The 2023 application is closed.

Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative (PFJI) 2023 Grant Program Information Sheet: Application Summary

About Health Justice: Food Fit Philly

Good Eats Report (2019)

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Molly Hartman
Senior Program Director for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative